Staff can get involved in a variety of equality and diversity networks.
The University welcomes and supports the development of staff networks. Staff networks are run by staff for staff and bring together people from across the University who identify with a group relating to one of the protected characteristics (age, disability, gender, gender identity, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, and sexual orientation) and/or staff with a common interest shared by a number of equality groups or linked to a protected characteristic (for example, a parents group or non-permanent staff network). Staff networks are independent, self-organised groups and the membership is confidential.
Staff networks fulfil various functions, including providing opportunities for social interaction, peer support and personal development. Staff networks can also contribute to the development of University policies and working practices.
Existing staff networks
Please note: The staff network pages listed below are only accessible with a UWE Bristol staff login.
All Faiths and None staff network
Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Staff Forum
Christian staff network
Disabled Staff Network
EU staff network
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) staff
Mental Wellbeing staff network
New Parents Group
Non-permanent staff network
Women's Staff Forum
Young staff network
View all staff networks (staff login required)
How UWE Bristol supports staff networks
UWE Bristol recognises the value of self-organised groups in creating an inclusive environment that respects the diversity of staff and enables them to derive maximum benefit and enjoyment from their involvement in the life of the University. Employees are entitled to attend staff network meetings in their working time up to 15 hours a year (pro rata for part-time staff). Networks also have a time allocation for their coordinators.
We aim to support these networks by:
- encouraging managers to release employees to participate in them
- promoting the networks to new and existing employees
- listening constructively to any employee concerns raised through the staff networks
- taking part in initiatives developed by the staff networks.
If you would like advice on setting up a new staff network, please contact the Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Team.
For more detailed information on the support for staff networks and their members, please read the Staff Networks and Allies Support and Resourcing Guide (staff login required).